Athletes

Josef Craig MBE

Josef loved being in the pool from a very young age and was introduced to Swimming when he was nine years old. He made his Paralympic debut at London 2012.

  • Events:
    Swimming
  • Home Town:
    South Shields
  • Lives:
    Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
  • Trains:
    South Tyneside SC
  • Date Of Birth:
    17/02/1997
  • Games Attended:
    London 12

At his first Paralympic Games, Josef excelled in his favourite event, the 400m Freestyle (S7). After reducing his personal best by eight seconds to break the world record in the heats, he further improved his time by three seconds in the final, taking gold with a time of 4:42.81.

He took first place on the podium ahead of the defending Paralympic silver medallist as well as the reigning world and European champions.

"I knew if I did everything I could, I would be happy whatever happened in the final."Josef Craig

At the end of 2012, Josef was awarded the title of the BBC Young Sports Personality of Year for his achievements at the London Games.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Josef was awarded a MBE.

Josef has cerebral palsy.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • 50m Freestyle (S7): 7th
    100m Freestyle (S7): 4th
    400m Freestyle (S7): gold
     
  • 2013 IPC World Championships, Montreal, Canada
  • 400m Freestyle (S7): gold
    50m Freestyle (S7): silver
    100m Freestyle (S7):gold
    4x100m Medley Relay (34pts): 8th
     
  • 2012 British Championships, London, UK
  • 400m Freestyle (S7): 6th



     

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